Odisha Allows Private Educational Institutions to Run Agriculture Colleges

The Odisha government has allowed private educational institutions to run colleges focusing on the agriculture sector and related subjects. Presently, the State runs four government colleges offering agriculture education at Bhubaneswar, Chipilima, and Bhawanipatna. All these colleges are under the purview of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT).

Apart from the aforementioned colleges, seven other government colleges on veterinary science and animal husbandry, forestry, community science, basic science and humanities, horticulture, and fisheries affiliated to the university are located in Bhubaneswar, Chipilima, and Rangeilunda.

With the increasing effect of climate change and global trade policies, agriculture is becoming more complex and the state government intends to bolster the higher education infrastructure in agriculture and its allied subjects so that the students keep up with the times and stay aware of the evolving requirements.

“We have decided to strengthen the OUAT and allow private institutions to open colleges that can impart quality education on agriculture allied subjects. We have issued guidelines for opening the new private colleges and framed a procedure to obtain a no-objection certificate from the Government”, said Saurabh Garg, Principal Secretary of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment Department.

The private institutions intending to establish a new college in BSc (Hons) Agriculture and allied subjects will have to apply to the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment (DA&FE) or Fisheries and Animal Resources Development (FARD) department, as per requirement, with self-declaration and certification. They will have to provide geo-tagged photographs for the infrastructure and self-undertaking for manpower.

The opening of new private educational institutions in the field of agriculture and its allied subjects is covered under the provisions of the Orissa Education Act, 1969 and Orissa Education (Establishment, Recognition and Management of Private Colleges) Rules, 1991.

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